John Landis wrote, directed and starred in this spoof of such monster ape films as KING KONG and TROG; this was his first film. Though not as consistently funny as some of his future outings, the film was a good start for the then 23 year old director and features some solid laughs. Schlock's visit to a movie theater is particularly memorable. The ape suit was created by none other than Rick Baker. Also known as The Banana Monster.